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Friday, August 27, 2010

Brazil's training camp in Spain continues Mano's philosophy of "renovation"

Brazil coach Mano Menezes's choice of a Europe based, young squad for a training camp in Spain from September 2 through September 8, 2010 underscores his commitment to seeking out new talent for the the 2011 Copa America, 2012 London Summer Olympics and the 2014 World Cup. Unable to organize a high level friendly, the CBF opted instead for the Selecao to train together intensely for 6 days.

Despite summoning new talent for the second straight occasion as coach, Mano reiterated his interest in bringing back many of the players who played in the 2010 World Cup at a subsequent date:

“It would be tiring to take players from Brazil in the middle of the Brasileirao. I always said that we would have a moment in which we would call-up more players that were in the last World Cup. I think this will happen more in the next year. In this initial period, we will have more new players.”

The squad for the training camp in Europe features the following players:

Goalkeepers: Diego (Almeria), Gomes (Tottenham)

Defenders: Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Rafael (Manchester United), Thiago Silva (Milan), David Luiz (Benfica), Henrique (Racing Santander), Alex (Chelsea), Andre Santos (Fenerbahçe), Marcelo (Real Madrid)

Midfielders: Sandro (Tottenham), Ramires (Chelsea), Hernanes (Lazio), Fernandinho (Shakhtar Donetsk), Douglas Costa (Shakhtar Donetsk), Lucas (Liverpool), Philippe Coutinho (Inter), Carlos Eduardo (Hoffenheim)

Forwards: Alexandre Pato (Milan), Andre (Dynamo Kiev), Hulk (Porto), Robinho (Manchester City)

Amongst the more interesting inclusions are the young Phillipe Coutinho of Inter Milan and Tottenham Hotspur's recent signing, Sandro.

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